C of I Newsletter

2009. 01. 15.

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The C of I announces Marvin Henberg as its 12th president

The College of Idaho announced that Marvin Henberg, former interim president at Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore., will become The C of I’s 12th president at a news conference today.

The announcement was made by President Bob Hoover and Sen. John McGee. Lt. Gov. Brad Little and Caldwell Mayor Garret Nancolas also attended the news conference and welcomed Henberg.

McGee, an alumnus of The C of I, was chairman of the college’s presidential search committee. Hoover, who has led The C of I for almost six years, will retire in June.

“Being president of The College of Idaho has been a wonderful experience professionally, but also personally,” said Hoover. “The students, faculty, alumni, trustees and staff care deeply about the college and work together to ensure its success. I have been privileged to be part of this remarkable team.”

Henberg, who is currently a professor and chair of Linfield’s philosophy department, will assume the presidency on July 1. He will be inaugurated in the fall.

“I am deeply honored to be chosen as president of The College of Idaho,” Henberg said. “My wife Laurie and I have strong ties to Idaho and to the liberal arts, so the opportunity to lead Idaho’s only liberal arts college is exciting and meaningful to both of us.”

Henberg was a faculty member at the University of Idaho for 18 years, and served as chairman of the philosophy department at the University of Idaho from 1988-1994. He also launched and directed the University Honors Program at the UI.

His professional awards and achievements include an Idaho Humanities Council Outstanding Achievement Award in 1992 and the UI Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1992, 1991, 1990, 1988 and 1986. As a student, Henberg was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship in 1971.

Henberg’s goals as president of The C of I include:

  • Successfully completing the $175 million, 10-year comprehensive campaign that was launched last year
  • Updating existing facilities and possibly building new ones
  • Maintaining academic rigor
  • Maintaining and enhancing athletic programs

More than 50 people applied for The C of I presidency. A presidential search committee including students, faculty, alumni, trustees, staff, administrators and a parent of a student pared the list to eight candidates and interviewed them. Three candidates were brought to campus for more in-depth interviews. The board of trustees made the final decision to select Henberg.

To read more about Henberg, click here.

To complete a survey about the presidential search process, click here.

College receives $120,000 grant from Idaho Community Foundation

The College of Idaho recently received a $120,000 grant from the Idaho Community Foundation’s Gladys E. Langroise Advised Fund. The grant was awarded for programs in string instrumentation, jazz vocal, choral and chamber ensembles at The C of I.

Besides providing instruction opportunities for music students at the College, the funding also provides concerts, recitals and music education for the community.

The grant, which the College has received for the past nine years, is used in several ways:

  • It provides funding for the Vocal Jazz Festival and workshop at The C of I.
  • The College’s Chamber Choir and Chorale use the money to promote choral music at high schools throughout southwest Idaho.
  • It supports the work of The C of I’s artists-in-residence, the Langroise Trio. The Trio performs more than 60 concerts per year, often as guest artists with such companies as The Boise Philharmonic, Idaho Dance Company and Opera Idaho.
  • It provides scholarships for C of I music students, many of whom become music teachers or professional musicians.

The Gladys E. Langroise Advised Fund was created by a request from Gladys Langroise, a Boise resident who cared deeply about children, education and the arts. Distributions from the fund support philanthropic projects that were important to Mrs. Langroise.

Dust off your velvet robes, ye academics – The Scholarship Gala returns

The College of Idaho Scholarship Gala, which is held every two years and is the College’s largest scholarship fundraiser will be held Saturday, March 14 from 6-11 p.m. in the J.A. Albertson Activities Center.

There are several ways to support the Gala. Tickets are $125 each, or 8-person tables are available for $800. A trip to Maui, including airfare for six, a three-bedroom condo with ocean views of Lanai and Molokai, and access to championship golf courses, is being raffled. Tickets are $50 each or three for $125. Raffle ticket purchasers do not need to attend the Gala to win.

The theme of this year’s Gala is “Olde Academia” and will hearken back to a time when a department chair was special because everyone else sat on backless stools, and crows on campus were appreciated because quills were needed to pen homework assignments, and students wore knickers and bonnets during the Finney Fun Run.

For more information about the Gala or to purchase tickets or tables, click here.

2nd annual Coyote Connections a success

The 2nd annual Coyote Connections, which brings C of I juniors and alumni together for a day of workshops, panel discussions, networking and humorous skits about life after college was a success for students and alumni.

Coyote Connections is organized by the Center for Experiential Learning (CEL). This year’s event connected 97 alumni and 127 students.

Alumni appreciated the opportunity to come to campus to see former classmates and meet current students.

“I really enjoyed catching up with people and meeting students – I was impressed with their questions and preparation,” said Chris Horras (‘02). “Justin Waldron took a couple of us to see the Simplot Hall renovation; it looks awesome.”

Coyote Connections activities included speed networking, workshops and other opportunities that help build meaningful ties for current students to better prepare them for graduate school or employment. The day also included an opportunity for alumni to meet in a separate social setting.

“The speed networking event was a great way to meet alumni in a variety of professions and discover aspects of those professions that were of interest to me,” said student Brittney Nelson. “In addition to the value of meeting alumni and networking, the support and advice of alumni will be incredibly useful after graduation.”

Dora Gallegos, director of the CEL, thanked students and alumni for their participation.

“I am so thankful that alumni care about our current students enough to give up a good portion of their Saturday to contribute,” she said. “This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to meet people in their career fields and find out what to expect and how to prepare.”

Staff News

C of I archivist Jan Boles published in two magazines

College archivist Jan Boles (‘65) has an article about him and several photos published in the winter 2009 issue of Boise Journal. The article is called “Stopping Time: Jan Boles Profile.”

Boles’ photos were also published in the winter 2008 issue of Idaho Landscapes: History Science and Art, published by the Idaho State Historical Society, Boise State University and Idaho State University.

Former presidential administrative assistant Norma Allen dies at the age of 90

Norma Allen, who worked at The C of I from 1956-1976 and was an administrative assistant to College presidents Tom Shearer, Warren Knox and William Cassel, passed away Dec. 20, 2008 at the age of 90. Allen and her husband Edward R. Allen, who was a C of I faculty member from 1956-1973, came to The C of I from the Midwest with Shearer. Edward Allen passed away in 2004. A mass will be held in Norma’s memory on Jan. 21 at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in Caldwell.

Faculty News

Jill Haunold publishes story in Bark magazine

Psychology instructor Jill Haunold has a story titled “Making do the hard way: Improv is tricky when your dog’s in trouble,” in this month’s edition of Bark magazine.

Haunold’s story is about her experience last winter while going for a hike in a remote area with her dogs Moxie Java (shown in photo) and Nike, a German Shepherd.

“Moxie Java got caught too far away from me to reach her in the very deep snow and in my attempt to save her, I became caught myself,” Haunold recalled. “Just like those people who dive into the water to save their dog and then drown in the process.”

Haunold was able to coax Nike to pull her to safety and after several hours more, rescue Moxie Java. Despite the seriousness of the experience, Haunold said the article is a fun and lighthearted story of how easily people can get themselves into potentially fatal circumstances.

“There is a little bit of psychology and folk wisdom thrown in it too,” she said.

The end reads: “There will always be situations that, through no fault of our own – or, as in my story, through my own damn fault – we cannot move back in time to correct. And while I prefer a happy ending, it is not life’s outcomes that define us. We, like our animal friends, define our life by how we struggle. Who we are and what we make of our life is defined by how we make do.”

Bark magazine has a readership of about 250,000 and can be found at the Boise Co-op, and major book sellers.

Golden and Willmorth encourage participation in The Big Read

Theatre department chair Joe Golden and his comedy partner Tom Willmorth (aka The Fool Squad) will be making appearances to promote The Big Read sponsored by the Ada County Library. This year’s book is The Maltese Falcon and The Fool Squad will assume their gumshoe detective roles, appearing with Boise Mayor Dave Bieter and others to get people to read the book and follow the case of the disappearing falcon.

For more information about the Big Read, click here.

Upcoming events

Basque arborglyphs exhibit opens at Rosenthal Gallery on Friday

Two Boise artists, Amy Nack and Earle Swope will open “Immigrant Shadows: Tracing the Herders’ Legacy” on Friday, Jan. 16 at the Rosenthal Gallery on The C of I campus. A reception will be held from 4-7 p.m. The show is an installation that reflects their research into, and interpretation of, Basque tree carvings, also known as arborglyphs. The show runs until March 20 and is funded by the Boise City Arts Council.

Nack uses a utility knife to cut images of trees and leaves into large panels of paper, creating a sculptural landscape of aspen trees. Cutting into the paper simulates the experience of herders cutting into the delicate bark of the aspen. A canopy of branches and restless paper leaves shelters arborglyph castings and tall narrow panels create a fictional mountain grove.

Earle has traveled into the mountains of Idaho creating plaster and silicone casts of the herders’ actual arborglyphs. From these casts, he creates facsimile castings using cotton paper pulp flecked with aspen baste fibers. The resulting castings are arranged into an ovoid grove allowing the viewer to stroll through the “carvings” examining them both collectively and individually.

The Rosenthal Gallery is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or by appointment. To make an appointment, email Garth Claassen or call him at 459-5321.

German Film Festival 2009 begins Monday

The first in a series of two German films will be shown Monday, Jan. 19 at 6:30 p.m. in Kathryn Albertson International Center 106. The movie is free and is open to The C of I and Caldwell communities. A discussion over a German dessert will follow the movie.

Das doppelte Lottchen (Lottie and Lisa) is a 1950 movie about two 9-year old girls — rude Luise Palfy from Vienna, and respectful, shy Lotte Horn from Munich who meet at a summer camp. Like the American movie “The Parent Trap,” they have never seen each other before, but soon find out that they are identical twins. It turns out that their parents divorced, each keeping one of the girls. The two girls decide it is unfair that neither of them has ever been told that she is a twin, or that her other parent is still living. They decide to trade places at the end of the summer so that Lotte will have a chance to get to know her father and Luise will get to meet her mother. That sounds much easier than it turns out to be, but in the end, the twins accomplish what most would believe impossible.

Please RSVP dessert and discussion to modern foreign language chair Ellen Batt by email or phone at 459-5814.

An Dochas & the Haran Irish Dancers at The C of I on Jan. 23

Caldwell Fine Arts presents An Dochas & the Haran Irish Dancers on Friday, Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Jewett Auditorium.

The local Tiernan Irish Dancers will also participate in the program. Tickets are $12-$16 for adults and $8-12 students and are available at www.caldwellfinearts.org, by calling 459-3405 or 459-5783, or at the door.

The band presents traditional Irish music and dance fused with the energy of rock and the colorings of folk. Their dancers have made multiple trips to the Irish Step Dancing World Championships. They have performed to sold-out audiences throughout the U.S. and shared the stage with Cherish the Ladies, Solas, and Chris Thile of Nickle Creek.

A recent CD “Dragonfly Redux” has won Best Celtic Instrumental Album from Just Plain Folks Worldwide Music Community.

Family Relations tailgate receptions Jan. 30

The Family Relations office is hosting a family tailgate reception on Jan. 30 at 4:30 p.m. in the McCain Pub before the women’s basketball game and again at 6:30 p.m. before the men’s basketball game. Light snacks will be provided with a no-host bar. Cover charge is $5. All proceeds go to programming for parents and families.

Life after The C of I: Where are we now?

Jeff Shinn (‘73) will retire after more than 32 years in Idaho state government, including 27 years with the Governor’s budget and planning office, four years as chief fiscal officer with the Office of the State Board of Education, and the past one and one-half years as principal program evaluator with the Legislative Office of Performance Evaluations. His final day in the office will be Friday, Jan. 16.

C of I diplomas available at no cost through Jan. 31

As part of the change back to The College of Idaho name, the College has provided ACI graduates with C of I diplomas at no cost. Due to the set-up and printing costs of the diplomas, the College will charge $49 for diplomas ordered after Jan. 31. To order a diploma, please email the alumni relations office.

Upcoming Alumni Events

On Jan. 22, The C of I alumni office will host the first Alumni Volunteer Corps event. Eight volunteers are needed to help at the Center for New Americans from 6-7:30 p.m., working with refugees and immigrants living in the Boise area. To sign up for this or other Alumni Volunteer Corps programs, please email [email protected]. More Alumni Volunteer Corps events and service opportunities will follow.

For more information about the events listed below, call The College of Idaho Alumni Office (208) 459-5770 or email.

  • Jan 20: Half Century Lunch at Simplot Fireplace Room at noon. Featured Speaker: Dennis Cartwright on Initiatives in Teacher Training at C of I

  • Jan 28: GOLD Happy Hour at Mai Thai (Boise) at 5:30 p.m. Featured Speaker: Rob Dayley

  • Mar 14: The C of I Scholarship Gala, 6-11 p.m., J.A. Albertson Activities Center

  • Mar 21: Seattle event with Jasper LiCalzi at Woodinville Winery

  • Apr 11: Frank Specht Spaghetti Feed in Simplot Dining Hall

  • May 29: Golden Jubilee and 50th Reunion Celebration

  • May 30: Graduation and Reunion Gatherings for C of I Israel and Egypt trips and classes of 1999, 1989, 1979, 1969 and 1959

  • SAVE THE DATE – Homecoming 2009 is Sept. 24-27, includes a history majors reunion hosted by Steve Maughan, Howard Berger, Mark Smith, Mee-Ae Kim and Jeff Snyder-Reinke.

The C of I in the News

The women’s basketball team was featured on Ch. 7. The story included interviews with coach Reagan Rossi and players Christon Vander Esch and Nicole Gall.

A story in Saturday’s Idaho Press-Tribune was about siblings swimmers Annie and Jeremy Younggren, who have qualified for the NAIA national meet.

The NAIA has a story on its website about men’s basketball’s upset Sunday at Evergreen State. The story includes a photo of player Craig McGee.

Jobs at The C of I

Faculty Openings

  • Assistant Professor of English and Environmental Studies
  • Assistant Professor of Exercise Physiology
  • Assistant Professor of Physics

For complete job descriptions and application instructions go to http://www.collegeofidaho.edu/jobs. EEO


  • Quest, The C of I’s semi-annual alumni magazine is now available online or by mail. To order a copy, send an email to Jennifer Oxley.

    Cover stories include President Bob Hoover announcing his retirement, Leslee Hoover reflecting on her time at the College, and articles about the passing of longtime trustees and supporters Dr. Gerald M. Baur, J.R. Simplot and Warren McCain. Alan Minskoff, who teaches journalism and writing at the College, wrote about the revitalization of downtown Caldwell.

  • The College of Idaho was recently awarded a $20,000 grant to provide financial support to C of I juniors and seniors who are having difficulty paying for their education and may drop out. The program will provide grant assistance to qualified recipients and does not have to be paid back. The Student Loan Fund Program will be managed through the College’s financial aid office. Students must complete a Special Conditions Application, which is available in the financial aid office, to determine eligibility. The program runs from now until June 30, 2009, but students should notify Juanitta Pearson in the financial aid office as soon as possible if they intend to apply.

  • Idaho license plates with The College of Idaho name and logo are sold for $35 the first year they are purchased, which is in addition to the annual vehicle registration fee. They are $25 plus annual fees for each subsequent renewal. The College of Idaho receives $25 from the sale of new plates and $15 from each renewal, which goes to its scholarship and academic programs.

    Personalized and sample license plates can be ordered online. Non-personalized plates are available at any county auto licensing office in Idaho.